American Bald Eagle watching at Mason Neck State Park VA

Boat launch at Mason Neck

With Pohick Bay along the north, Belmont Bay along the south and the Potomac River on the east, Mason Neck State Park is the migrating and non migrating birds, ducks and swans refuge. Several hundreds of acres of forests provide homes to oaks, holly, hickory, and the like along with wetlands. A wide variety of programs and activities are held here.

Foxy on boardwalk
Foxy on boardwalk at Mason Neck


  • Hiking and Biking Trails
  • Picnic Area
  • Playground
  • Canoe Launch / Boating
  • Visitor Center / Gift Shop
  • Fishing
  • Hunting
  • Educational Programs for kids
  • Experimental Studies for adults

    Paddleboats at Mason Neck

The Nature Conservancy bought the land and connected with a National Wildlife Refuge of over 2000 acres. Mason Neck State Park opened to the public in April 1985.

Mason Neck State Park is located in the southern part of Fairfax County which is 20 miles from Washington DC. Nearby attractions include:

  • Mount Vernon
  • Pohick Bay Regional Park
  • Woodlawn Plantation
  • Gunston Hall

For more information please contact:

Mason Neck State Park

7301 High Point Road

Potomac at Mason Neck

Lorton, VA 22079

Information: (703) 339-2385

Office: (703) 339-2384

Visitor Center: (703) 339-2380

Fax: (703) 339-2617

Will Nesbitt
Will Nesbitt enjoying a summer day at Mason Neck
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Northern Virginia Regional Parks – Fountainhead Regional Park

Rowing the boat at Fountainhead

Fountainhead Regional Park is a part of the Northern Virginia Regional Parks system offering a wide range of activities:

Boat Ramp

Fees vary accordingly from the shore, from the ramp and for 55 years of age and above. A maximum 10 horsepower gasoline engine restriction is enforced on the Occoquan Reservoir.

Boat Rentals

Rentals are available for 3person Jon Boat, 4person Jon Boat, Canoe or Kayak

Equestrian Trails

Equestrian Trails are maintained by the Clifton Horse Society. An Equestrian Trail Map and guide will be provided.

Hiking Trails

water at Fountainhead
on the lake

Trails offered: An 8 mile Mountain Bike Trail, White Trail which is a 2 mile Pedestrian Trail and the Trailhead for the 17.5 mile Bull Run Occoquan Trail

Miniature Golf

Fun and relaxing before or after fishing / boating experience. This 18-hole miniature golf is only $2.00 for unlimited play. Open daily in summer and in weekends in spring and fall.

Mountain Biking

For those wanting to try the 8.0 mile full circuit.

Shelter Rental

A rental picnic shelter is offered for families, friends and coworkers who wish to go on a picnic at Fountainhead. Tables and Grills are already included but alcoholic beverages are not permitted. Open for rent at 3 options of: 9 AM to 3 PM, 3:30 PM to Sunset or All Day Long.

Foxy in the boat at Fountainhead
Foxy had a good time at Fountainhead

Snack Bar

A snack Bar is located in Marina Building at its observation deck providing a breath taking view of the Occoquan Reservoir while feasting on a variety of sandwiches, snacks and beverages.

Tackle Shop

Bait, lures to angling licenses are available at the tackle shop on the observation deck. Rest Rooms are also provided here.

Expert Fountainhead guides offer ecological tours and fun paddling adventures for participants’ ages 12 years and above.

Bass Tournament is also offered for angling largemouth bas

s, catfish, crappie, perch and bluegill.

Fountainhead Regional Park Schedule is as follows:

March 1 – March 19 Open for Private Boat Launch Only
March 20 – March 31 Open weekends for rentals – 8 hours per day
April 1 – October 31 Open daily
November 1 – November 14 Open weekends for rentals – 8 hours per day
November 15 – November 30 Open for Private Boat Launch Only

For more information contact:

Fountainhead Regional Park


10875 Hampton Road, Fairfax Station

Home Prices Continue Gains Over 2009

U.S. home prices, including distressed sales, increased by 2.9 percent compared to the same month last year, according to CoreLogic in its monthly index.

May was the fourth straight month prices showed a year-over-year increase.

“Home price appreciation stabilized as home buyer tax credit-driven sales peaked in late spring,” says Mark Fleming, chief economist for CoreLogic. “But given that the labor market and income growth remain tepid, we expect prices to moderate and possibly decline the rest of the year.”

Source: CoreLogic (07/13/2010)

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More Homes Accommodate Multi-Generations

Building and modifying homes to accommodate multiple generations is increasingly popular as more Americans struggle to accommodate both their older parents and their grown children under the same roof.

The National Association of Home Builders’ International Builders Show this year featured a single-level residence with a master suite at each end.

“The grandparents’ suite included universal design elements along with a small kitchenette,” says Stephen Melman, director of economic services at the NAHB. “The concept for this home was that the parents could get help with their kids from the grandparents, while the grandparents benefited by having household maintenance chores and meals taken care of for them.”

Melman said that it is difficult to predict whether this trend will diminish when the economy improves, but he pointed to the growing number of ethnic groups where multi-generational living is expected as a sign that the trend may stick.

Source: Washington Times, Michele Lerner (07/09/2010)

Wegmans Fairfax and Wegmans Potomac – Every Shoppers’ Bestfriend

Awarded by Fortune magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For.” Wegmans ranked 5th, 2nd and even 1st from 1999 till 2010. They were also awarded with the prestigious Black Pearl award, Golden Shopping Cart Award and was named “Most Family Friendly Supermarket in America” by Child Magazine and President George Bush presented the Work-Scholarship Connection with the Grand Prize American Business Press Points of Light Award in 1991.

Wegmans officially opened in 1916 as a small food business by Robert B Wegman (1918-2006) and then joined forces with his brother Walter Wegman later on, moving forward to expand business. As years went by, good business flooded the Wegmans and they reached out to the community by providing not only superb convenience but programs to help shoppers and their families, such as discount cards, recycling, food programs, scholarships and the like. In 2005, Wegmans Fairfax was opened to serve the nearby communities.

Wegmans Fairfax can be located at 11620 Monument Drive in Fairfax Virginia 22030 near Lee Highway. They are open 7 days a week from 6 am to midnight, as well as Wegmans Potomac at 14801 Dining Way in Woodbridge Virginia 22191.

Departments and Services that can be found in Wegmans Fairfax and Wegmans Potomac are:

  • Market Café
  • Kosher Deli
  • Sub Shop
  • Nature’s Marketplace
  • Beer
  • Patisserie
  • Pharmacy
  • Wine & Spirits Shop
  • Wokery
  • Bakery
  • Complements
  • Floral
  • Sushi Bar
  • Catering
  • Wi – Fi Internet Access
  • Coin Redemption Self Service
  • Money Gram / Money Orders

For more information about Wegmans contact Wegmans Fairfax at (703) 653-1600 and Wegmans Potomac at (703) 763-5500.

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Home Owners Still Love Their Houses

Despite declining home prices, 90 percent of Americans don’t regret buying their current home, according to a survey for

Among the 9 percent who do regret the purchase, most say they are unhappy that they can’t sell their home and move elsewhere or they can’t afford their monthly mortgage.

Some 79 percent of those polled say they have a fixed-rate mortgage on their homes. Among those making over $75,000 per year, 90 percent say they have a fixed rate mortgage.

Source: (07/12/2010)

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Foxchase Shopping Center in the West End

Across the street from Forty Six Hundred, a high rise condominium and Mango Mike’s, a casual dining restaurant, Foxchase Shopping Center in West End Alexandria VA 22304, provides nearby residents a variety of restaurants, health facilities, fashion boutiques, banks and so much more, making it the ideal hangout for everyone.

Harris Teeter, a high end grocer anchors Foxchase Shopping Center.

Other businesses found at Foxchase Shopping Center:

  • La Casa Restaurant
  • Hong Kong Express
  • General Dentistry by Dr. Paul Stasiewicz
  • Art Display Company
  • Rite Aid
  • Curves
  • Braids
  • Hana
  • Tokyo Steak House
  • PNC Bank
  • Sleepy’s
  • My Eye Dr

Upton Hill Regional Park for the whole family


  • An outdoor Swimming Pool Complex – Lap Pool, Recreational Pool, Kiddies Pool, Children’s Water House and Multiple Water Slides
  • Miniature Golf Course
  • Batting Cages – Baseball and Softball
  • Activates / Events for Children on special holidays / occasions

The Upton Hill Regional Park at 6060 Wilson Boulevard in Arlington Virginia is well loved by nearby residents and visitors from around. It is a wooded recreational park in the heart of the most densely populated areas in Northern Virginia. Found between Arlington and Fairfax County line just at the intersection of Patrick Henry Drive and Wilson Boulevard, Upton Hill Regional Park is a great place for families to bond and enjoy. An extensive renovation in 2007 was done to attract local residents and more visitors to promote an innovative and public facility as the area and local government’s commitment to its community.

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